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Dinners in Coral Gables ~$40

Happy New Year! I will be staying in Coral Gables for business for the next several weeks Monday thru Thursday. I'm on a per diem and will have about $40 for dinner each night. I am traveling with 2 non-foodie men (think steak and pots) and we eat together about once or twice per week. the other night I blessedly eat on my own and am free to explore the cuisine and town. I'm staying at the Hyatt on Alhambra and looking for walking distance restys that have great food and good atmosphere for about $30-$40 per person. We've been to Tarpon Bend (I say "ew", the guys liked it) and Havana Harry's (pretty good). I walked out of Houston's b/c the hostess was exceptionally rude and seemed annpoyed that I requested a table for one. There seem to be a ton of choices in the Gables and I want to savor every expensed meal that I can! Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

Chrissie

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  1. Go yourself:
    Francesco's
    Miss Saigon

    Grazianos- go with the guys...

    1. Tried Yuga the other day and liked it. Small plates Japanese where around two to three plates would make a good light dinner. Not very filling so go when you've had a big lunch. In fact, I think it deserves its own post.

      1. Norman's
        Pascal's on Ponce
        Gastronomia
        Abracci
        Ortanique

        are a few others and I am sure TP's above are good too especially Francesco's Peruvian emporium if you're down with said style from South America?

        Should you get to Coconut Grove try Jaguar.

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        1. re: netmover

          Umm you forgot the $30-40 Per Person thingy :)

        2. This is great, thank you all for your replies!

          1. You're actually pretty close to Versailles, which is where I'd direct anyone out of town for a true "Miami" experience. It's on Calle 8 around 35-36th Avenues if I remember correctly. Large and varied menu, make sure you speak English to the hostess. Where lots of locals go, open late, take-out window for coffee and pastries.

            A short cab ride from your hotel is Mykonos, east on Coral Way where it intersects with 3rd Avenue. Great Greek food, but family style -- I wouldn't go alone, but I'm a relative newcomer to Greek food and I found things there I liked, so I hope your friends will too.